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Old 04-02-2014, 18:19   #46
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Re: paper vs electronic charts

Originally Posted by noelex 77 View Post
Detailed Up to date paper charts are practical for people sailing over a limited cruising ground.
They become very expensive for those cruising long distances. This is not a new problem and sailors on a realistic budget in the past have made do with a limited number of less detailed paper charts. Often swapped, photocopied and frequently considerably out of date.

What has changed is electronic charts have become very inexpensive (the whole of Europe for $60). So it practical to carry large scale, up to date electronic maps that can even cover those places that you may divert to if problems occur, or plans change. Multiple copies and maps from different companies are readily affordable.
This is safer in my view than the poor detail from small scale paper charts that were relied on when I started cruising.
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Old 15-02-2014, 21:25   #47
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Re: paper vs electronic charts

As described by others, there is a wealth of information contained in the archives relative to paper vs electronic. And, Canada has distinct requirements for territorial waters you will be plying.
From our experience last fall, RT from Bellingham to Ketchikan, inside, the navigational requirements dictate reliance on electronic positional awareness. In consideration of bottom, currents, traffic and course keeping, monitoring multiple electronic surveliance equipment was a full time effort. Corroborating with paper was a luxury reserved for planning the next day's course. We were also fortunate in not having to include radar, as we were so late, fog was not encountered.

In our conversations with very experienced cruisers coming down from DH, electronic navigation was the norm. Both boats, one from Japan and one from an east to west Northwest Passage, were more concerned with obtaining current weather data reliably.

With your early departure date, I would surmise you will be staying inside for much of the way. As we will be returning to SE Alaska this year, would be interested in your potential routing across the Gulf of Alaska?

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Old 17-02-2014, 18:20   #48
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Re: paper vs electronic charts

Both. When running offshore, often in fog or too far out for landmarks, I keep a hourly log of my GPS positions in case of a power/computer failure. That log along with a paper chart and I can plot a course. I have a power boat and run 2 electronic chart programs and have a 2nd stand alone GPS for a check. Along with traditional methods.
Remember how mercator projection distorts charts at northern latitudes and many places in Alaska have "Local Magnetic Disturbances". Watch the weather.

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